Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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CRAFT, JAMES A. -- Came to Texas in 1835, as is stated in the Headright Certificate issued to him February 1, 1838, for one-third of a league of land by the Bastrop County Board. He was a member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of "Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers" at San Jacinto and on October 4, 1848, his heirs were issued Donation Certificate No. 123 for 640 acres of land due him for having participated in the battle. In Service Record No. 3177 it is certified that he was promoted to Second Lieutenant of Captain Billingsley's Company March 2, 1836, and that after receiving his discharge he entered the Ranging Company of Captain John G. McGehee. On January 25, 1838, he was issued Bounty Certificate No. 2079 for 320 acres of land for having served in the army from February 28, to June 1, 1836, and Bounty Certificate No. 2078 for 320 acres for his services from July 1 to November 1, 1836.

The Probate Records of Bastrop County show that Mr. Craft died in that county in 1847. John S. Craft was appointed administrator of his estate October 7, 1847.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Company: Capt. Jesse Billingsley

Personal Statistics

  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Date of Death: 1847
  • Bounty Certificate: 2079
  • Donation Certificate: 123
  • Family at San Jacinto: Brother Russell B. Craft fought at San Jacinto.